«Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre» at the Art Institute of Chicago

Henry Toulouse-Lautrec. Moulin Rouge

«Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre», the new exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago proves to be a great success with the audience.

About 20,000 people saw the show in the eight days after it opened on July 16, far more than the opening weeks of last year’s «Manet and the Sea» (which had 13,400 visitors) and «Seurat and the Making of La Grande Jatte» (11,300 visitors). By the end of the second week, about 27,600 people had seen «Toulouse-Lautrec», as opposed to 21,500 for Manet and 18,600 for Seurat.

Art Institute officials are entertaining the possibility that «Toulouse-Lautrec» could substantially exceed its projected attendance of 250,000. (about the same number it attracted earlier this year at the National Gallery of Art, that museum’s largest turnout for a temporary exhibition since 9/11).

The show is proving to be so popular due to many reasons. It may be that Lautrec is a very different artist than some people anticipated. People first of all know his posters of the Moulin Rouge, but they then discover that he’s a very accomplished painter with a depth of humanity that isn’t known to most people.

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